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Blood-Curdling Books

Oct 29, 2008 3:54 PM | 1 comment
These days when I want a good scare, I check my IRA balance. And if that doesn’t fill my thrill- threshold, I dim the lights, curl up on my recliner and delve into one of my favorite tales of terror. Horror movies have nothing on scary stories; I know from past experiences with the boogie monster, the thing that lived under my bed and the guy who escaped from the prison near my overnight camp that my imagination can conjure creatures scarier than any CGI I’ve ever seen, and more horrifying than a great make up artist and costume designer can create.

So in honor of Halloween, come to BPL for some scare-raising tales best told by candlelight on a dark and stormy night:

1) Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
There’s nothing scarier than the true story of the horrific crimes the Manson family committed in the name of the Beatles.

2) It – Stephen King
I’m still not exactly sure what “It” was, but It scared the bejesus out of me.

3) In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
This nonfiction classic is often called the best true crime book ever written. The creepy story about the murder of a mid-western family was made into a movie but nothing’s scarier then reading it. At home. Alone.

4) And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
Christie keeps you rooting for each character in the book … until each ends up dead …

5) The Alienist – Caleb Carr
Who’s killing young boys all over Manhattan? Could be anyone in this crazy city, but this is one gruesome book you won't put down until you find out.

Think I got the top five wrong? Let me know about your top favorite frightening fables here.


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10/29/2008 6:28:31 PM #

In Cold Blood was definitely a good choice. I remember reading it around three years ago and even thought it was frighting, it was also interesting to see the mentality the murders had. Its a good book for wanting to dive into the psyche of criminals.